SA to arrive Tuesday on rescheduled Pak tour

The South African cricket team will arrive in Lahore next week to play two Tests and five one-day internationals, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced Friday.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2003 22:51 IST

The South African cricket team will arrive in Lahore next week to play two Tests and five one-day internationals, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Friday.

The team was earlier expected to arrive Monday via Karachi. They start their tour with a warm up one-day game against City Nazim XI in Lahore on October 1.

The South Africans cancelled their full tour last Saturday citing security fears following a bomb blast in the southern port city a day earlier.

However, they changed their minds after the PCB agreed to eliminate Karachi and Peshawar, the two venues where the United Cricket Board of South Africa refused to play.

Captain Graeme Smith, team coach Eric Simmons and manager Cassim Docrat will address a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the PCB said.

This will be South Africa's third tour to Pakistan, having toured the country in 1994-95 for a one-day tri-series and then in 1997-98 for a Test series and a quadrangular tournament.

They also played in Pakistan during the 1996 World Cup and lost in the quarter-finals against the West Indies in Karachi.

First Published: Sep 26, 2003 22:51 IST